TO AUDIBLE OR NOT TO AUDIBLE: Ever wonder why you
never see Jeff Garcia change plays at the line of scrimmage?
The answer is simple. The Cleveland Browns offense does not allow the quarterback to audible.
"It's not emphasized here," said Garcia. "It's not worked on. It's not a part of the offense."
Instead, the Browns offensive players are taught to recognize various defenses and adjust on the fly.
"That's what I'm trying to get better at and adapt to and become more comfortable with the adjustments to blitzes and the different schemes defenses pose," said Garcia.
While Garcia continues to adapt, he admits there are times he would like the opportunity to audible.
"There are occasions where you can maybe prevent a negative situation with audibles," said Garcia. "But it's not something I think our coaches want to get caught up in, in terms of changing the old scheme of things."
In San Francisco, Garcia rarely audibled at the line of scrimmage, but he had the option.
"Here, there are probably times when it can be used, but it's not really emphasized. It's not really worked on," said Garcia.
DAVIS ON THE MEND: The bye week couldn't have come at a better time for Andre Davis.
The wide receiver spent his week off rehabilitating his turf-toe injury. He also added new shoes and orthotics to protect the toe.
"I still haven't tested it at full speed, but I'm not worried," said
Davis. "I have plenty of time: I'm going to try to play (Sunday in
GARCIA FINALLY BUYING IN: Now that he finally believes the Browns offense is starting to click, Garcia admitted Wednesday that he didn't buy into Terry Robiske's system when he first arrived in Cleveland as a free agent.
"To be honest, it did take me a little while," said Garcia. "I would find myself questioning things at times. I would find myself trying to adapt, yet trying to also infiltrate the offense with some of the schemes that I had in the past that I was comfortable with.
"What it comes down to is that this is coach Robiske's scheme. I have to buy into it. I have to understand it. But I think they have done a great job also of adapting to me and my style. When it comes down to everything, I'm the guy on the field pulling the trigger. I'm the guy on the field lining up behind the center, who has the ball in his hands. And for things to work, we all need to feel good about the situation. Once I finally loosened my grip on the past and started to adapt to where I am presently, I think the whole understanding became more clear to me. As a result, I think things have gotten better on the field."